NCL Increases Fuel Supplement

A Norwegian Cruise Line voyage is about to become a bit pricier. The cruise line has decided to up its fuel surcharge to $9 per person per day for first and second guests in a stateroom and $4 per person per day for additional stateroom guests. The move follows a similar one made by Carnival Corp. earlier this month.

NCL’s new guideline will be in effect for individual and group reservations made on or after May 1, 2008; the supplement will also apply to group space blocked prior to May 1 that don’t specify names or have a full deposit down by April 30.

Carnival Corp. raised its fuel surcharge on six of its brands from $5 per person per day to $7 on all new bookings effective April 21, citing the “continued rapid escalation of fuel prices.” NCL noted the same. “With crude oil and refined product prices at record highs, our fuel bill stands at a level that was unimaginable two years ago,” said Colin Veitch, NCL’s president and CEO. “It is unfortunate, but necessary, that we now have to pass some of the increase in our fuel bill on to our customers, just as many other businesses are being forced to do.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises is the remaining large cruise company to have yet raised its fuel surcharge, which currently stands at $5 per person per day.

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